Norway and Oslo

With its vast natural parks overlooking Fjords, its lone fishing villages on the North Sea or its vibrant capital, the otherwise-cold Norway warmly welcomes tourists on its land. Norway also gives the chance to its lucky travelers to witness the magic of Northern lights in winter. Olso is a vivid capital city and the 3rd largest in Scandinavia.

Norway is extremely safe overall (it is the 9th safest country in the world), most risks come from rare petty thefts in Olso or from the cold and sometimes dangerous meteorological conditions.

City Safe has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip in Norway and Oslo, and be aware of all potential dangers.

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Norway Safety Index: Very Safe

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Is Norway a Safe or Dangerous Country?

Norway is a very very safe country. It is ranked 9th on the ranking of world’s safest countries.

Here are some advice about general safety about the country. Scroll down to see specific advice on Oslo.

 

The greatest danger in Norway comes from the harsh environmental conditions, especially during winter and in the Northern part of the country. Tourists die every year hiking in the mountains or on the sea because of a lack of experience or equipment. Waterfalls can be dangerous too, and the weather can go from sunny to a huge storm very quickly in summer.

In Svalbard, Polar bears often attack, maim or kill incautious tourists : never go out alone.

In case of emergency, call the 112 toll free number.

For more details, see city specific advice or take a look at our travel articles.

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Is Olso a Safe or Dangerous city?

Olso is a safe city; although it has a poor reputation among Norwegians – compared to other Norwegian cities which have 0% crime, Oslo is a bit more dangerous; but it still is one of the safest cities in Europe.

Still, some areas around Gronland, Toyen, Kuba or Karl Johan street are best avoided (see the map) particularly at night. The central train station is also a bit dangerous at night, and crowded during the day which might attract pickpockets.

There are some illegal/pirate taxis around nightclubs that no tourist or local should ever use.

 

For more details, see city specific advice or take a look at our travel articles.

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Oslo Safety Index: Safe

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Warnings & Dangers

Low Priority-96OVERAL RISK: LOW

Norway is very safe country. It is ranked 9th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

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PICKPOCKETS RISK: MEDIUM

There is some pickpocket-related risk in Norway, especially Oslo and Bergen. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed. Take a look at the city maps to see the most frequent pickpockets locations.

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MUGGING & KIDNAPPING RISK: MEDIUM

Norway is an averagely safe country regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Stay out of the dangerous zones shown on the map.

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SCAMS RISK: MEDIUM

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Oslo. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

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TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW

Transports and official taxis are generally very safe in Norway.

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NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM

There can be some occasional natural hazards (geological, meteorological) in Norway.

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TERRORISM RISK: MEDIUM

Norway has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert since other countries in Europe have been targeted.

Female-96WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW

Norway is generally very safe for women travelers.

Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay in the country as long as they want.

Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting.

www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.

The currency in Norway is the Nordic Kroner. Being a very wealthy country, it is also one of the most expensive in Europe, daily budgets go from 150$ to 250$.
Norway’s climate shows great variations, although it is milder than its latitude (same as Canada) would indicate. Still, winters are very cold so the best time to visit is around summer (June-August) although major cities can be visited year-long.
The main international airports are the ones in Olso, Bergen and Bodo.
If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page
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